To understand how to build primary chords from a bass/root note, and the function of a turnaround chord

In this lesson, you will understand why primary chords are so special, and what a turnaround chord is. You will enjoy performing a 12 bar blues chord sequence.

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

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Q1.In which century was blues music first played?

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Q2.Where in America did the blues originate?

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Q3.In early blues what instruments were used?

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Q4.Name the song by Robert Johnson that we listened to in the lesson.

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Q5.Which three notes did we play for a 12 bar blues bassline in C?

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Q6.If we transpose the 12 bar blues structure to F, what three pitches would we play?

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Question 6

Q1.In which century was blues music first played?

1/6

Q2.Where in America did the blues originate?

2/6

Q3.In early blues what instruments were used?

3/6

Q4.Name the song by Robert Johnson that we listened to in the lesson.

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Q5.Which three notes did we play for a 12 bar blues bassline in C?

5/6

Q6.If we transpose the 12 bar blues structure to F, what three pitches would we play?

6/6

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Quiz:

12 bar blues chords

Here is your opportunity to show us what you have really learned about the 12 bar blues chords and how to play them. Make sure you read the questions carefully.

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Question 6

Q1.What type of work did African slaves do in North America?

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Q2.What was the song "Wade in the water" about?

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Q3.What does this (I) chord symbol mean?

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Q4.What does this (IV) chord symbol mean?

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Q5.What does the (V) chord symbol mean?

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Q6.What is a 'turn around' chord in the Blues structure?

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

12 bar blues chords

Here is your opportunity to show us what you have really learned about the 12 bar blues chords and how to play them. Make sure you read the questions carefully.

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Question 6

Q1.What type of work did African slaves do in North America?

1/6

Q2.What was the song "Wade in the water" about?

2/6

Q3.What does this (I) chord symbol mean?

3/6

Q4.What does this (IV) chord symbol mean?

4/6

Q5.What does the (V) chord symbol mean?

5/6

Q6.What is a 'turn around' chord in the Blues structure?

6/6

Lesson summary: To understand how to build primary chords from a bass/root note, and the function of a turnaround chord

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